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FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, Toyota President Akio Toyoda delivers remarks during a press conference in Tokyo. Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to nearly 34 million vehicles, as regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved. The air bags, made by Takata Corp. of Japan, can deploy with too much force, potentially causing injury or even death. “Recalls …

Hess gas stations will convert to Speedway, but the green-and-white trucks will motor on

Friday, May 22, 2015

The two Hess locations in Concord will become Speedway gas stations in coming months. Hess sold to Speedway in October for $2.8 billion. The company had two stations in Concord – one on Hill Avenue, one on North State Street. A spokesperson for Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Speedway’s parent company, said the conversion schedule hasn’t been finalized. But the company’s website pegs stations in …

N.H. has 49 percent more women-owned businesses now than in 1997, study says

Thursday, May 21, 2015

There was only one problem 28 years ago when Pam Sullivan wanted to launch her own marketing company in Boston. As a female sole proprietor, she had trouble securing a loan. With help from the Small Business Development Center, she put together a business plan and secured the money that helped launch a …

Pirate Bay defies court order with intimidating new logo

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Though it’s been raided by Swedish authorities, sued and just had its native Swedish domain piratebay.sg shut down, Pirate Bay has yet to walk the plank. Indeed, the same day the peer-to-peer file sharing site – which facilitates the illegal downloading of films and other media – lost …

Banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to market rigging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed yesterday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets – a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal …

Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in …

N.H. had 3.8 percent unemployment rate in April

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Hampshire’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 3.8 percent, down from the same period last year but essentially the same as March. In April 2014, the seasonally adjusted rate was 4.5 percent, according to New Hampshire Employment Security’s monthly report. The seasonally adjusted estimated for April …

Downtown: A room with a view

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ellis Robinson peered at the excavator two stories below on Concord’s Main Street. The driver swept the equipment’s long arm across the gravel, navigating the heavy machinery with ease. “An artist,” Robinson said. Robinson and her husband, Dick …

Business notes for May 18, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The New Campground Owners Association donated more than 6,800 pounds of food it collected at its Camping and RV show to the New Hampshire Food Bank. Country Cobwebs and Artisan’s Sampler, owned by Christine and Preston King, recently …

Business people for May 18, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Meghan Power was recently hired as membership coordinator for Canterbury Shaker Village. She formerly worked as the education assistant and was a Peace Corps volunteer. Simon Keeling of Edward Jones in Concord received certification from the Certified Financial …

Pentagon contest for robots fuels imaginations, anxiety about their future uses

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It’s 6-foot-2, with laser eyes and vise-grip hands. It can walk over a mess of jagged cinder blocks, cut a hole in a wall, even drive a car. And soon, Leo, Lockheed Martin’s humanoid robot, will move from …

Smart phones are leading to smart shoppers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Not long ago, the sight of shoppers swiping and typing on their smart phones at the mall was the stuff of retailers’ nightmares. The logic was that these people were doing what is known in the industry as “showrooming” – browsing the stores to touch and test a …

Suit questions use of app allowing 24/7 tracking of employee smart phones

Sunday, May 17, 2015

When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smart phone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias. In the lawsuit, Arias, a …